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If, like many people, you keep your towels and bed linen in your airing cupboard, you might be interested in a vintage linen press. Back in the 17th and 18th century, linen presses were a home staple — a type of decorative cupboard in which napkins, towels and other types of linen were kept. Ranging in style and size, linen presses offer practical storage as well as being an exceptionally beautiful piece of furniture. From upcycled designs for shabby chic homes to original wooden designs, a linen press offers a way of storing essentials in a particularly attractive way. At Vinterior, we have a full range of antique and vintage linen presses, from the simple painted designs to the Gothic French styles which are ornately carved. To find out what we have in stock right now, take a look at our online collection or get in touch if you have a specific request.
Why Choose an Antique Linen Press?Also widely known as a linen cupboard, a linen press was a very practical piece of furniture, and it is still used to serve that purpose today. Whether it’s set up in large bathrooms as towel storage, in a guest bedroom for linen or just elsewhere for general storage, a linen press complements other furniture such as armoires and bedside tables.
The best part about a linen press is that the design is well thought-out and easy to use. With multiple shelves and drawers, it’s very easy to keep your linen and towels well-organised without resorting to towering piles.
You’ll find that there are different types of storage available in each individual linen press. Some have more shelving than drawers, whereas for others it’s vice versa. Therefore, when choosing your linen press, make sure you pick the one that suits your needs.
What to Look for in a Linen PressThe linen press you choose will depend on the intended location and the space available. The good news is that it’s possible to find space-saving antique linen presses as well as designs which are large and sprawling.
If you love the retro look, an Art Deco linen press could be the right pick. Dating back to the 1920s, this stylish era has never gone out of fashion. It’s easy to find small, smart cupboards from this era that slot nicely into your home.
For those who don’t mind edging forward a bit, 1930s and mid-century designs offer an unfussy and minimalist look which suits contemporary decor well.
But linen presses were also widely loved in the 17th and 18th-century, meaning it isn’t hard to find an array of ornate antique designs. During Victorian times, a linen press was sometimes referred to as a Housekeeper’s Cupboard. These were made from richly coloured woods such as mahogany. When finished with a paneled front and intricate carvings, the overall effect is magnificent.
Of course, it’s not just Victorian linen presses that offer this level of detail. Search our catalogue for French antique linen presses which are also individually distinctive.
Why Shop for a Victorian Linen Press at Vinterior?
Here at Vinterior we are proud to be the leading marketplace for all things antique and vintage furniture, and we hold a wide range of linen presses from right across eras and locations. From Arts and Crafts to George III, and many more besides, we have an extensive collection of linen presses which will look good in any setting.